National Geographic : 1953 Jan
Happy-Go-Lucky Trinidad and Tobago A Ship's Cannon at Fort George Calls to Mind Tobago's Stormy Past Deep indentations in the Tobago coast once sheltered warships. Fort George, built by the English, stands in ruins. This antique gun defended the entrance to Rockly Bay and the town of Scarborough (not shown). to which they are indigenous (pages 44-45). In 1909 Sir William Ingram, who owned Little Tobago, brought about 50 immature specimens of the greater birds of paradise from the Aru Islands, Indonesia, southwest of Netherlands New Guinea, and set 44 free on the island. After Sir William's death in 1929, his sons presented the island to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, on condition that it be kept as a sanctuary for the birds.* Fruit trees have been planted especially for the birds, and once each week water is taken to the island for them. The shy crea tures are occasionally seen by fortunate visi tors. Spacious Man of War Bay Along the northeast coast is Man of War Bay, one of the finest of Tobago's harbors (page 53). Windjammers, requiring plenty of sea room, could maneuver within its perimeter. The fishing village of Charlotteville sprawls down a hillside to the bay's edge. From the top of a hill near by, the view was breathtaking. Steep ridges ran down to the sea. Magnificent Man of War Bay spread out below me, and Pirates Bay lay down to my right. These picturesque names conjured up vi sions of a colorful past. Adventurers and ex plorers, masters and slaves, wrote the early history of Trinidad and Tobago. Does a quieter future belong to oilmen and airmen, to sugar growers and gregarious steve dores, to acid-tongued calypsonians and their tourist admirers? * See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "New Guinea's Paradise of Birds," by E. Thomas Gilliard, November, 1951; and "Strange Courtship of Birds of Paradise," by S. Dillon Ripley, February, 1950.